Sunday, December 27, 2009

My best of 2009

2009 is coming to its end and it's time to make the traditional end of the year lists. It was a very good year for music in my opinion, much better than 2008, with a lot of great records coming out.
I decided choosing a certain number of them to make a top was too restrictive and not very useful (and I am terrible at ranking things like that), so I simply retained what I will remember from 2009 and classified them into genres to make it easy to read and simple to look for stuff you may like according to your tastes. Everything's in alphabetical order.
Here's the list of the records I think you should have listened to this year. Don't hesitate to insult me for not including your favorite band's latest album in the comments, and also to give your opinion on the list. What have I missed? Which are your favorite records of the year? Here's my best of 2009.



ALTERNATIVE
(Alternative rock/Post-hardcore)

AFI - Crash love
Alexisonfire - Old crows, young cardinals
As Cities Burn - Hell or high water
Brand New - Daisy
Closure In Moscow - First temple
Enter Shikari - Common dreads
Everytime I Die - New junk aesthetic
Manchester Orchestra - Mean everything to nothing
Moneen - The world I want to leave behind
Native - Wrestling moves
Poison The Well - The tropic rot
Say Anything - Say Anything
The Dear Hunter - Act III: life and death
Thrice - Beggars
Thursday - Common existence
Trophy Scars - Bad luck


EMO
(Emo/Screamo)

Age Sixteen - Open up finders, please
Appollonia - Blank solstice
Bökanövsky - We stumble
Castevet - Summer fences
Celeste - Misanthrope(s)
Comadre - A wolf ticket
Daïtro - Y
Dominic - Nord
Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) - What it takes to move forward
Isaïah - Ils consomment, tuent et prient mais ne pensent pas
Kaospilot - Shadows
Kidcrash - Snacks
L’Homme Puma - On remplace les yeux cassés
Loma Prieta - Dark mountain
My Heart To Joy - Seasons in verse
Pianos Become The Teeth - Old pride
Portraits Of Past - Cypress dust witch (EP)
Prawn - False institutions (EP)
What Price, Wonderland? - It is true, it is shakey


HARDCORE
(Punk hardcore/Hardcore)

Blackhole - Dead hearts
Blacklisted - No one deserves to be here more than me
Coalesce - XO
Converge - Axe to fall
Death Before Dishonor - Better ways to die
Defeater - Lost ground (EP)
Gallows - Grey Britain
Iron Age - The sleeping eye
Kickback - No surrender
Last Lights - No past, no present, no future
Lewd Acts - Black eyes blues
More Than Life - Brave enough to fail (EP)
Narrows - New distances
Nine Eleven - City of quartz
No Friends - No Friends
Paint It Black - Amnesia (7'')
Punch - Punch (12'')
Reaching Hand - Threshold (EP)
Rise And Fall - Our circle is vicious
Ruiner - Hell is empty
Shook Ones - The unquotable A.M.H.
Swamp Thing - In shame
The Ghost Of A Thousand - New hopes, new demonstrations
Touché Amoré - ...To the beat of a dead horse
Trapped Under Ice - Secrets of the world


INDIE
(Indie-rock/Experimental)

Anchor & Braille - Felt
As Tall As Lions - You can't take it with you
Bon Iver - Blood bank (EP)
Camera Obscura - My maudlin carrer
Cassino - Kingprince
Cheap Girls - My roaring 20's
Cursive - Mama, I'm swollen
Kevin Devine - Brother's blood
Mansions - New best friends
mewithoutYou - It's all crazy! It's all false! It's all a dream! It's alright
Modest Mouse - No one's first and you're next (EP)
Owen - New leaves
Portugal. The Man - The satanic satanist
Regina Spektor - Far
RX Bandits - Mandala
Silversun Pickups - Swoon
Tegan And Sara - Sainthood
The Appleseed Cast - Sagarmatha
The Cast Before The Break - Still
The Decemberists - The hazards of love
The Mars Volta - Octahedron


POP
(Pop-rock/Pop-punk)

Broadway Calls - Good views, bad news
fun. - Aim and ignite
Fireworks - All I have to offer is my own confusion
Morrissey - Years of refusal
Mute Math - Armistice
New Found Glory - Not without a fight
Paramore - brand new eyes
Set Your Goals - This will be the death of us
Sherwood - QU
Teenage Bottlerocket - They came from the shadows
The Dangerous Summer - Reach for the sun
The Swellers - Ups and downsizing


POST-ROCK
(Post-rock/Ambient)

And So I Watch You From Afar - And So I Watch You From Afar
Caspian - Tertia
Do Make Say Think - Other truths
If These Trees Could Talk - Above the earth, below the sky
Immanu El - Moen
Jeniferever - Spring tides
Jesu - Opiate sun (EP)
Maybeshewill - Sing the word hope in four-part harmony
Microfilm - The bay of future passed
Mono - Hymn to the immortal wind
pg.lost - In never out
Russian Circles - Geneva
This Will Destroy You & Lymbyc Systym - Field studies (Split EP)
Tortoise - Beacons of ancestorship
Upcdowncleftcrightcabc+start - Firewolf


PUNK
(Punk-rock/Folk-punk)

Anti-Flag - The people or the gun
Banner Pilot - Collapser
Bomb The Music Industry! - Scrambles
Chuck Ragan - Gold country
Dear Landlord - Dream homes
Fake Problems - It's great to be alive
Frank Turner - Poetry of the deed
Lucero - 1372 Overton Park
NOFX - Coaster
Nothington - Roads, bridges and ruins
Polar Bear Club - Chasing Hamburg
Propagandhi - Supporting caste
Star Fucking Hipsters - Never rest in peace
Strike Anywhere - Iron front
Strung Out - Agents of the underground
The Bronx - Mariachi El Bronx
The Lawrence Arms - Buttsweat and tears (7'')
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Pin points and gin joints
Title Fight - The last thing you forget
Transit - Stay home (EP)


RAP
(Rap/Hip-hop)

Atmosphere - Leak at will (Digital EP)
B-Real - Smoke n mirrors
Blakroc - Blakroc
Brother Ali - Us
Cunninlynguists - Strange journey volume one
DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout (Split)
DOOM - Born like this
Doomtree - False hopes XV (EP)
J Dilla - Jay stay paid
Joe Budden - Padded room
K’naan - Troubadour
k-os - Yes!
La Coka Nostra - A brand you can trust
Mos Def - The ecstatic
Mr. Lif - I heard it today
P.O.S. - Never better
People Under The Stairs - Carried away
Raekwon - Only built 4 Cuban linx... Pt II
Slaughterhouse - Slaughterhouse
Tanya Morgan - Brooklynati
Why? - Eskimo snow

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